1 'J- ' - SAT.. FEBRUARY 21. 1976. THE CAROLINA TIMES - 17 INFOGRAItlS Mysteries Disease Occurs In Halifax Ccsaty BY MARY WHITMORE HOME ECONOMIST AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICE! INCOME TAX CAN MEAN MONEY IN YOUR POCKET Filing an income tax return will mean money in your pocket if you are entitled to a refund of taxes withheld. Although most -of us usually think of wealthy people receiving large refunds or exemptions from income taxes because of 'loopholes", there are several ways people with lower or middle incomes can reduce their taxes or receive refunds if they use all of the exemptions and deductions they are entitled to by law. This year for the first time some lower income people may receive cash refunds, even if they have not had federal taxes withheld from their incomes. A federal "low income tax credit" is available to parents of dependent children who maintain a home for those children, if their incomes are less than $8,000. The tax credit is 10 per cent of earned income up to $4000. If their income is over $4000, they will still receive tax credit but it is reduced from the maximum of $400 to zero if the income reaches $8000. This credit is in. addition to any tax already withheld from earnings, and should be claimed on the front of the tax return on a special line below the line for taxes withheld. (Look at line 21c on the 1040 form, or line 16d on the I040A form.) Be sure to read the instructions to determine the amount Of tax credit due. Whether a refund is paid or not will be based on the total amount of taxable income. One must file a return to receive a tax credit, so all eligible parents with incomes under $8000 should be sure to file a return even if they do not normally expect to pay any federal income taxes, or receive a refund of taxes withheld, Other ways' to save money on income taxes suggested by North Carolina States University Specialists are: 1 . Prepare your own tax return - and save the cost of having someone else prepare it for you. You may find it is easier than you think. Unless you have been involved in complicated financial problems, you should be able to prepare your own return. You may. find: that you can follow almost the same , procedure that was followed last year, using yoUr cafbon'Copy of last year's return as a model. When you have collected the information for another person to use in preparing your return you have already done most of the job. 2. Read and study this year's tax forms and instruction booklets early so you will have time to understand them well. If you do not understand any part of the form, contact your local tax offices. 3. Make sure you have all the necessary information for filling out the return and collect all the receipts you may need to verify deductible expenses. 4. Use an extra copy of the tax forms to prepare a working copy of your return in pencil. Fill in all the blanks on the form that pertain to your situation, taking each number as listed. 5. You may be entitled to more exemptions and deductions than you expect. Study each category to see if you qualify. Check all your : family financial records carefully for all medical and dental expenses, taxes paid, interest and contributions, your casualty or theft losses and miscellaneous deductions that are allowable. Remember that child care deductions are important and certain other expenses connected with your employment. 6. After you have determined what your itemized deductions might be, compare that figure with the amount you would be allowed as a standard deduction. You are entitled to the larger amount; follow the instructions. 7. Make sure you list all of your taxable income. 8. If you do not itemize your deductions, you can find the amount of federal tax you owe in the tables or have the government figure it for you. 9. Be sure to double check your arithmetic so your form will be correct, and sent money if taxes are due. 10. Be sure to date and sign your returns and mail them early, especially if you expect a refund! Cats and Dogs Go for News RALEIGH - An epidemic of one of mankind's most mysterious diseases in now occurring in Halifax County. Blastomycosis is a fungal disease that attacks mostly the lungs and skin, according to Dr. Peter D. Roger, field epidemiologist with the Division of Health Services. Rogers said the mystery of the disease is how it is SeasR TTPI . New York (HKH-Scented inks for newspaper ads have been successful in the past but there have been a few mis cues, a trade journal reports. One meat company pro duced a bacon-scented ad. Neighborhood dogs went crazy, carrying newspapers from porches and ripping them to pieces. In another instance, one batch of ink went wrong and newspapers on front porches in the sun began to reek of fish. That was when cats had., their day. HO 2M FLORIDA CELERY IS IN SEASON Crisp, fresh Florida celery, now in excellent supply, Is one of the world's most ver satile vegetables. It cooks quickly enough to justify its use in convenience foods to which it lends pleasing crunch and flavor. In long cooking dishes it holds shape and texture admirably. This Florida Celery and Carrot Crunch is flavorful and easy: Trim I stalk eel'' ery; remove leaves and save , for some other use. Separate . into ribs and slice thinly on ' the diagonal to make 6 cups. Melt lA cup butter or marga rine in large skillet. Add celery and Yi cup onion rings to butter and stir-fry 6 to 8 minutes or until celery is crisp-tender. Stir In 1 cup . slivered carrots, VA tea-, spoons salt and V teaspoon pepper. Stir-fry 2 minutes longer. Add cup toasted slivered almonds and' serve immediately. Makes 4 por tions. Celery with Mushroom:bill Sauce is a recipe to treas ure: In a large skillet bring 1 cup beef broth to boiling. Add 4 cups sliced celery. Cover, reduce heat and sim mer , 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Keep warm in serving dish. In small skil let heat 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Add 1 cups sliced mushrooms and saute , until golden. Prepare 1 cup hot white sauce. Stir in 2 teaspoons chopped dill or parsley and sauteed mush rooms. Spoon over celery. Makes 6 portions. Durham County Schoob Menus February 23-27 Monday, February 23 Lasagna Tossed Salad Buttered Corn Apple Turnover School Baked Rolls Milk Tuesday, February 24 Hot Dog w Chili : Cole Slaw Great Northern Beans Devil's Food Cake w vanilla Frosting Milk Wednesday, February 25 Pizza Green Peas Applesauce Yellow Cake w Chocolate Frosting Milk Thursday, February 26 Beef Vegetable Soup Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Crackers Milk Friday, February 27 Hamburger on Bun Green Beans French Fries Gingerbread w whipped topping , Milk contracted by man and how he becomes infected with the organism. 'We are fairly certain that infection comes from the oil,' Rogers stated, ' but we don t have absolute proof. The organism is most likely inhaled.' The public health disease Jeuth said blastomycosis is often missed by physicians oecause some of the symptoms mimic flu. uymp roms may range from severe chc,t pain, fever, cough and oloody sputum, to a sympton-free infection found on routine chest X-ray. He jid lesions usually show up about four weeks after exposure. ' If a diagnosis is made at the time symptoms appear and treatment started, the patient will aimost always recover." Rogers explained. ' It can be fatal when diagnoses is delayed for a long period. The disease is sufficiently rare that a high degree of suspicion by the physician is needed for prompt diagnosis.. Four to six weeks of treatment in the hospital with antifungal agents See Disease page 1 8 SATISFYING SOUPS The fine rich aromas drift ing up from & bowl of good soup is a joy and a delight, a real bracer. Yet nothing is more easily prepared, what with the .variety of canned condensed soups and a bot tle of the original Worcester shire sauce to add sparks of : flavor. For instance, heat together 2 cans (1094 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, 2 cans milk and 1 cup of fine ly chopped spinach. Stir in 1 teaspoon Lea Si Perrins sauce and serve garnished with garlic croutons. Another very good and easy combination: 2 cans (1094 oz.) tomato soup, 2 soup . cans milk, 1 can (894 oz.) cream style sweet corn and 1 teaspoons Worcestershire. Garnish with popped com. Really fortifying for lunch: Heat together l can (1094 oz.) Cheddar cheese soup, 1 can (1094 oz.) condensed vegetable soup, 2 soup cans milk and a subtle dash of Worcestershire, say about Vt teaspoonful. Garnish with thin celery slices. An easy Vichyssoise-type of soup:' Blend and heat 1 can (1094 oz.) cream of po tato soup, l can (1094 oz.) cream of onion soup, 2 soup cans rich milk and tea spoon Lea Si Perrins sauce. Garnish with minced chives or parsley. Lemon Dill Fried Fish sx (jX' fi- m You don't have to be Isaac Walton to enjoy fish. Today's modern supermarkets offer a tempting array of piscatorial' delicacies from lakes and seas. . ; .' For a sumptuous repast, marinate thawed fillets in lemon juice. Then dredge the lemoned fish in enriched self-rising flour and corn meal. A touch of dill adds a delectable difference. The coating supplies the "crunch." You also get double benefits using enriched self-rising flour and corn meal. They contain the essential B-vitamins niacin, thiamine and riboflavin plus both the minerals, iron and calcium. Use a large deep frying pan for the easiest cooking. But be careful not to over-cook. Serve hot to the hungry gang accom panied by your favorite sauce. Lemon Dill Fried Fish 6 to 8 servings 2 pounds fish fillet V cup enriched self-rising , cup lemon juice corn meal 4 cup enriched self-rising 1 teaspoon dill weed four 'A teaspoon pepper Oil for frying Cut cleaned fish into serving portions. Place in shallow glass baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets and let stand about 1 hour, turning once. Stir together flour, corn meal, dill weed and pepper. Coat fish evenly with flour mixture. Fry in hot oil until lightly browned on both sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Fish is done if it flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges. Spoon flour into dry measuring cup; level. Do not scoop. NOTE: if all-purpose flour is used, add 1 teaspoon salt.

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